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Construction, HNC

University of Portsmouth, the United Kingdom

University of Portsmouth

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About Construction, HNC - at University of Portsmouth


Do you get excited by the idea of designing and managing the buildings that make up the world we live in? Are you ready to boost your career and take your first steps into construction or project management? If so, this part-time Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Construction will help you get there.

On this course at South Hampshire College Group - Eastleigh Campus, you'll get practical experience with emerging technologies (such as 3D printing and computer-aided design). You'll also be taught by staff with extensive industrial experience and get a grounding in the legal responsibilities and health and safety of construction management.

When you complete this Construction HNC, you'll have a deep understanding of the construction process from design to completion. You'll be fully equipped to take your next step into designing and managing of construction projects, or take further qualifications to specialise in a role like surveyor or architect.


This course takes place at South Hampshire College Group - Eastleigh Campus. While studying at Eastleigh College, you can access the University's student support services and community including study support, the Students’ Union and our library's online resources.

Course Highlights

  • Learn from staff with construction industry experience, as you study fundamental subjects such as construction drawings, computer-aided design (CAD), building information modelling (BIM) and materials science
  • Understand your responsibilities to the law, including health and safety in the construction industry, and to the environment
  • Study one day a week at Eastleigh College, close to Southampton
  • Have access to the University's student support services and community including the Library, study support, sport and recreation facilities, and the Student Union
  • Have your related study or experience recognised as qualifying you for some elements of your HNC in Construction

Careers and opportunities

This Construction HNC prepares you for further higher education qualifications such as a Bachelor's degree, or a career in the construction industry. There are many changes happening in the construction industry that are creating more opportunities for construction students.

Previous graduates have gone on to work in areas including management of construction projects and construction design.

You can also use your Construction HNC to get entry to higher-level professional construction courses in subjects such as:

  • quantity surveying
  • construction management
  • building surveying
  • property management
  • architectural design

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • construction managers
  • site managers
  • project managers
  • design managers
  • CAD/BIM technician

You can get help, advice and support from our Careers and Employability service for up to 5 years after you leave the University as you advance in your career.

Notes about fees for this course

Entry requirements

An A level in a Construction related subject, or Level 3 vocational equivalent (diploma / extended diploma), or equivalent industry experience in a relevant field.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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